Oh boy….. what fun it is to talk to the little old men at my Mom’s Assisted Living place! I was cracking up.
I took my Mom down to eat her lunch in the dining room this afternoon. I got her all settled and was just watching some of the other residents as they came in. It was interesting to see their faces and how they were feeling. Some of them seemed cheerful…. others not so much. The one cute lady at the table next to my Mom was helping to scoot the chairs in of the ladies that sit with her. It was great. I asked her if she needed my help to push her own chair in and she said… “No! Oh…. not with my butt!” I couldn’t help but giggle! Just as a side note…. I’m pretty sure this was the same little lady I ran into in the laundry last week that was confused about her own laundry and was trying to do my Mom’s laundry. She’s as healthy as a horse…. but not so cognizant any more! Cute and funny though!
Then I was standing there by my Mom helping her decide what to order for lunch and one of the little old men at the table next to hers pointed at me and motioned for me to come over there. He said…. “I just got through shaving my face and I want you to feel what a good job I did!” Again…. another giggle! What a cutie. He sits at a table with all men so a conversation began about shaving…. or not. Another little man told me how he went to get his hair cut the other day (mind you… there isn’t much there to cut!) and the girl charged him $12 just to buzz his head! Then he proceeded to tell me how he used to work for ZCMI in the clothing department and he had to be dressed up all the time. He used to go get his hair cut in ZCMI for a lot less than that! The first man told him that he was going to open up a barbershop of his own since he could shave himself so well, he would do it for the others. “No way am I letting you shave me!” the other man said. Of course, another man at the table with a full beard was just shaking his head. It was pretty entertaining to watch. Made my day.
It amazes me how much these people can be affected by their attitudes. My Mom’s attitude is usually fairly cheerful…. but since she took a fall the other day…. she’s had on her ‘ornery pants’! Being in pain can’t be fun, that’s for sure. Perhaps that’s why I took such a delight in watching some of the other patrons being cheerful.
It’s a shame that more people can’t see the joy and fun that these people can be and give. I don’t know how much each of these residents see their families… but I hope it is often. They all have so much to teach us if we will only just watch and learn and listen.
I’m grateful that I have been available the last couple of days to come help my Mom. Ornery pants and all…. I’m grateful to be able to visit with some of the other residents too. I’m glad Mom is in such a wonderful place that gives her good care and is full of other cheerful residents.
I’ve always loved ‘old people’. When my husband and I got married we lived in an area we considered to be the “Newlyweds or the Nearly Deads”. There wasn’t much between our age group and the ‘older’ people in the neighborhood, so I became endeared to those older folks. I truly loved them and was a little sad when we moved away. (Ironically…. those ‘old’ folks were about the age of my husband and I right now!! It’s all Perception!!) Now those same people that I loved so much are dying off and in Assisted Living centers like my Mom.
I guess what I’m trying to say is… I’ve always loved older people and consider it a blessing to learn at their feet. Maybe part of that comes from not having Grandparents as I grew up. My Grandparents all passed by the time I was 9 years old, so I didn’t have anyone to turn to for wisdom and counsel as a young adult. Regardless of what makes me feel that way….. I know there is much to be learned from Little Old People! So ‘turn up your Bell Tones’ and listen in!
I am Grateful! How are You?